Search engine DuckDuckGo is backtracking on all the news and suggestions that it removed hacked websites, saying it never acted on the decision.
While many users claim to have struggled to find an array of hacking platforms through the search engine, the company confirms that this may be the case, but it has nothing to do with them as they never made an active choice.
A recent report then suggested that the search engine was working to crack down on illegal domains, sticking to its focus on privacy-based searches. Also, many have praised the search engine for its efforts, but it has all been in vain as they have gone so far as to dismiss the claims now.
The tech giant’s CEO is now choosing to fight back and shift the blame to the site and carrier search order. However, it was interesting to note that few users actually use it.
Company CEO Gabriel Weinberg hoped to dispel any misconceptions on the matter with his recent Tweet relating to the private search engine.
Meanwhile, recent tests conducted by TechRadar Pro showed that there were no issues at this time, and finding hacked websites was as easy as it gets.
Previous reports have explained how features such as YouTube-dl as well as Pirate Bay were eliminated to help fight piracy, but the company’s records prove that nothing like that ever happened. Again, DuckDuckGo says it’s not just these illegal sites, but a number of others that tend to change their domain names over time.
This is not the first time that the search engine has entered into a controversy. Earlier reports highlighted his shocking decision to downgrade search results that were in favor of Russia, since the start of the war in Ukraine.
On another occasion, he was seen taking on tech giant Google, accusing it of poor search practices and even accusing it of spying on users while providing poor results.
DuckDuckGo was first established in 2008 when it hoped to achieve its goal of meeting the needs of internet users who valued their privacy. To be more precise, it targeted those who did not want their personal data to land in the hands of search engines like Google or others.
Now we see it expanding its operations with an independent browser, and its own search engine of course. However, given that it only takes up a tiny 0.69% of the market compared to Google which takes up 91%, people don’t seem to have a problem with Google’s practices after all.
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